Last night’s going-away celebration for the irrepressible Dave “Davey Joe” Montgomery, the last (damn good) man standing in the once-proud Austin bureau of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram was both fun and bittersweet. The room was decorated with photos of reporters past and present, and lined with old front pages of the newspaper with legendary bylines such as Molly Ivins, Jake Dyer, Jay Root, John Moritz, Karen Brooks, and many others. But of course since Jay Root was kind enough to put together the event, most of the front pages in the room had Jay Root bylines. Funny how that works.
Here’s how universally-respected and well-liked the former Startlegram writers and editors are in this town – it brought together these two unlikely people.
|Harold, Perry Presidential Campaign Spokesman Mark Miner|
With Dave’s departure, the Startlegram bureau is no more – another victim of buyouts, layoffs, and cutbacks. Anybody think that’ll improve news coverage of the goings-on of the folks you elect? I didn’t think so.
Caption contest in the comments section! You gotta be nice. (at least to Miner)